RoK president’s special envoys visit China, Japan

Monday, 2018-03-12 23:20:03
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Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with RoK's National Security Office chief Chung Eui-yong in Beijing on March 12, 2018. (Photo:Yonhap)
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The Republic of Korea (RoK) President Moon Jae-in sent his special envoys to visit China and Japan on March 12 after their recent visits to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States.

In the meeting with Chung Eui-yong, National Security Advisor for the RoK President Moon Jae-in in Beijing, Chinese President Xi Jinping said that he expected a smooth DPRK-RoK summit and DPRK-US dialogue.

Xi expressing his hope that there will be substantial progress in denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula and normalization of relations between the concerned parties.

Chung thanked China for its important leading role in helping with positive changes on the Korean Peninsula, and said the RoK is willing to have close coordination with China to maintain the current momentum on the Peninsula.

Chinese President Xi Jinping also told the visiting RoK delegation that the two nations should bolster their communication and properly resolve sensitive issues amid a planned summit between US President Donald Trump and DPRK leader Kim Jong-un.

* According to RoK's presidential office, Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono hailed a recent diplomatic breakthrough on the Korean Peninsula, describing the current situation as a "moment right before the miracle".

Kono made the remarks during a meeting with RoK’s Chief of National Intelligence Service, Suh Hoon, who is in Tokyo on March 12 to brief Japan's top officials on his visits to Pyongyang and Washington.

In a dramatic turnaround on the Korean Peninsula, US President Donald Trump agreed last week to hold a summit with DPRK leader Kim Jong-un by the end of May after Kim expressed his commitment to denuclearization.

RoK President Moon Jae-in and Kim are also scheduled to hold a summit in April.

"The current situation is a situation where the moment right before the miracle" is happening on the Korean Peninsula, Kono told Suh, according to a statement by RoK's presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom.

Suh will meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on March 13, the statement said.